The Lexus CT 200h debuted at the Geneva Auto Show with two distinctions. It’s billed as the first premium compact model from Toyota’s luxury brand and the first full hybrid vehicle launched in its segment.Previewed by the LF-Ch concept Lexus unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt motor show, the production CT 200h design is an evolution of Lexus’s L-finesse design philosophy.

It also reflects the design language of its larger siblings in its front face, roofline and slingshot window graphic. The exterior design is said to maximize aerodynamic efficiency through the corners and fender design, while the taillamp design displays the L-shaped motif that Lexus first introduced on the current LS model.

The interior features contrasting use of metallic finishes and dark, soft-touch surfaces. The asymmetrical dashboard design seen in the LF-Ch show car – split into an upper ‘display zone’ and a lower ‘operation zone’ – low driving position and 2600mm wheelbase have all been effectively transferred into the production design.

Worldwide sales of the Lexus CT 200h are expected to begin in late 2010.

The 80th Geneva Auto Show continues through March 14. Visit: Geneva Auto Show

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